ZEE5 Global announces the launch of the first Zindagi original,CHURAILS streaming from 11th August onwards on the digital platform. Directed by critically acclaimed film maker, AsimAbbasi, Churails brings together a talented cast led by Sarwat Gilani, NimraBucha, MeharBano and Yasra Rizvi for this power-packed narrative.
She who takes ownership of her life and is unapologetic of her being. She who breaks the glass ceiling and every prejudice that society has created against women. She who is strong, she who is fierce, she stands for what she believes in… she is a ‘CHURAIL’. The show aims to challenge the hypocrisy of patriarchal societies that vanquish women and their rights.
Churails narrates the story of four self-proclaimed Churails who come together to open a covert detective agency to expose cheating husbands amongst the city’s elite. As their operations expand, they come to be saviours of abused, harassed and mistreated women. The gripping and fast-paced storyline covers myriad issues such aschild abuse, sexism, domination of class and race.
Director AsimAbbasisays “Zindagi’s commitment to truly original content that has a voice and can transcend borders, has provided me with the perfect platform to create a show like Churails. A story about strong women, embarking on a journey of self-discovery, empowerment and sisterhood, I believe Churails is a timely show with pertinent themes that will resonate with audiences globally.”
Zindagi, launched earlier in India had built a legacy of for itself for presenting stories that are strong, powerful yet relatable. Now launched on ZEE5, the largest streaming platform for South Asians across the globe, the brand’s first original series promises to take this legacy forward. The show comes with a larger purpose of encouraging dialogue on the stigmas associated with strong and empowered women.
“Shows on Zindagi have always been unconventional, real and impactful, I am excited for the audiences’ reaction to the show. There is an increasing need for women’s voices to be heard, and not stereotype fierce women for their strength, or patronize them for their insecurities. Churails is bold, vulnerable and empowering all at the same time. We couldn’t be more proud of Churails being Zindagi’s first original offering and streaming on a global platform like ZEE5”, signs off ShailjaKejriwal, Chief Creative Officer – Special Projects, Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd.
ArchanaAnand, Chief Business Officer, ZEE5 Globalsaid, “As a global platform, ZEE5 brings together a massive curation of unique and relatable stories, stories that resonate with audiences, all onto a single global platform. We’re very happy to offer the premium content from Zindagi now on ZEE5 to add even further to this bouquet. As the first Original from Zindagi to go live soon on our platform, we are confident that Churails will be a huge success and strike a deep chord with our viewers across markets”.
With over 1,00,000 hours of Indian TV Shows, Movies, News and Videos, ZEE5 offers the largest bouquet of content across 18 languages to South Asian audiences across the globe. ZEE5 also offers 60+ popular Live TV channels, including ZEE’s best loved channels. ZEE5 is available on Google Play Store, iOS App Store, www.ZEE5.comas well as on Samsung Smart TVs, Apple TV, Android TVs, Roku devices and Amazon Fire TV
~Churails will stream on ZEE5, 11th August onwards ~
Watch Teaser here:
The budding young actress and rising star – KinzaRazzak is going to be starring for the first time in her newest project for ARY Digital ‘Log KiaKahenge’. The young actress will be seen in a lead role opposite Faysal Quraishi.
From the looks of the first few teasers, the actress is playing the role of a perfect home maker living happily with her family but fate has some other plans for her. The emerging and energetic actress will be seen in an entirely new avatar in ‘Log Kia Kahenge’. Filled with power-packed scenes, the drama is directed by Mohsin Mirza and produced by Abdulah Seja under the banner of IDream Entertainment. The all-star cast also includes Aijaz Aslam, Faysal Quraishi, Saheefa Jabbar, Sakina Samo, Afshan Qureshi and Humera Zaheer.
Talking about her latest project, the actress said, “I feel very lucky and happy to be a part of this project! Working with such an astounding team of actors was an amazing experience for me- Faysal Qureshi, Aijazz Aslam, Sakina Samo, Saheefa Jabbar are some of the biggest names of the industry and working alongside them was what I always wanted. I am really thankful to ARY and Abdullah Seja for giving me this opportunity and I hope everyone loves this story as much as we have loved working on it.”
One of the fastest rising stars of Pakistan’s entertainment industry, Eshal Fayyaz is all set to take cinemas by storm with yet another massive project!
The standout starlet has signed her next movie and the film is being helmed by ace-director, Farooq Mengal who had previously directed Hijrat.
The shooting will begin July 25 under strict SOPs due to the on-going pandemic.
The title, cast, and story of the upcoming cinematic endeavor are still a secret and the team will be announcing it all with a mighty splash once all the details are finalized.
However, Eshal is elated over bagging the opportunity to work with Farooq Mengal and told the media that her role will be extremely different from what she has done earlier.
“I will remain tight-lipped for now as I want to keep my avatar a surprise for all. Nevertheless, I am extremely excited to be on board as it will be something diverse from my earlier projects and a worthwhile role to make it to the silver screen.”
This is not the first time the actress will be seen on the big screen. Earlier, she appeared across Sami Khan in KaafKangana, directed by Khalil urRehman Qamar.
She boasts stellar performances in dramas like ‘Aabroo’, ‘Tabeer’ and ‘Hatheli’. While she has a long way to go with immense potential, the starlet has proved that she is a force to be reckoned with!
The breakout star Anmol Baloch is all set to make a massive splash in Hum TV drama ‘Qurbatain’.
Directed by Kamran Akbar and produced under the banner of MD Productions, the drama stars Shahbaz Shigri, and Anmol herself in lead roles.
With the cast so young, fresh, and talented, Qurbatain with its promos appears like a one-of-a-kind story that with its characters embroiled in a plot full of romance and a thirst for freedom.
Speaking to the press about her character, Anmol revealed:
“My character is very different from the ones I have portrayed in the past. My role is of a young woman that aspires to grow big in life and seeks freedom to accomplish her dreams. I love doing varied characters and will continue seeking scripts that offer me diverse avatars”.
Anmol looks striking paired across the dandy and dapper Shahbaz Shigri. We are super excited to see how the romantic equation of this new-pair-on-the-block will appear on the screen.
Anmol Baloch has been gradually making her mark and turning heads in popular dramas like Aik Larki Aam Si, Deewar-e-Shab, and Sazza-e-Ishq.
Can’t wait to see this dainty doll work her magic and rock her way to the top in Qurbatain. The drama aired every Monday and Tuesday at 9:00pm on Hum Tv.
Addressing the strong global consumer demand, the content brand returns with a bigger promise of ‘Zindagi Mil ke Jiyenge’
1000+ hours of curated and in-depth Pakistani content to be hosted on ZEE5
Keeping the consumers’ evolving entertainment needs at the fore, Media & Entertainment Powerhouse ZEE Entertainment Enterprises Ltd. (ZEE) from India, today announced the return of its content brand Zindagi, on its digital entertainment platform, ZEE5. Zindagi’s shows have been highly appreciated by audiences for its captivating performances and its ability to satiate the evolving content preferences of the viewers. Catering to this strong level of global consumer demand, Zindagi is returning with a bigger promise to not only offer its rich original content library, but to also exhibit more realistic content from across the borders including Pakistan which is considered pragmatic as well as it highlights the social issues in such a way that is quite thought provoking, with a bold multicultural narrative.
As a premium global content brand, Zindagi has always narrated handpicked real stories that are differentiated, yet universal in its storytelling and appeal, resonating strongly with the consumers globally.
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Zindagi will offer a myriad mix of shows from Pakistan that are truly global in nature, ranging from family dramas to romance including Shehr-E-Zaat, Aunn Zara, Badi Aapa, Mastana Mahi, Main Abdul Qadir Hun, Noorpur Ki Rani and many other such realistic stories which are customized as per the tastes and preferences of the global audiences. This eclectic mix of curated shows, featuring 1000+ hours of meaningful content, will be available for our global audiences on ZEE5.
Speaking on the announcement, Mr. Amit Goenka, CEO, ZEE5 Global and International Broadcast Business, ZEE said, “ZEE’s strength has always been in its ability to narrate unique stories, to connect with billions of audiences worldwide, and to offer different genres of content. Zindagi has always been appreciated for its premium content offering and culturally rich stories from across the globe, which are far more attuned to the digital audience sensibilities. Zindagi’s universal content has a very strong appeal, and we are excited to offer this rich & engaging content library to the users of ZEE5, in India and across the world. We also understand that the viewers’ needs are diverse and therefore we have a compelling content catalogue from Zindagi, which encapsulates a universality of emotions. We stay committed to offering an extraordinary entertainment experience to our consumers across multiple touchpoints, and we are sure that our viewers will once again embrace this widely acclaimed brand on our platform.”
With a promise of ‘Zindagi Mil ke Jiyenge’, the brand reinforces its commitment to live up to its legacy of bringing forth multi-cultural narratives that resonate with the audiences. The brand philosophy is a reflection of its belief that art knows no nation, boundary or religion.
Ushna Shah is a renowned actor in the Pakistani media industry today. Known for being vocal about her stance on topics happening around the world; she isn’t afraid to hold back. On Iffat Omar’s show, ‘Say It All’, Ushna discusses everything ranging from mental health, being a celebrity, social media and the tribulations of acting.
When clearing out misinterpretations of certain tweets and statements, Ushna emphasises how important issues are not focused on, instead her words are misconstrued and made into headlines, which the ‘Balaa’ actor clarifies, ‘I’m a human being’ and should be able to express without it turning into something malicious, which is completely out of context”.
Putting 100% of her efforts into Lashkara, no one can doubt Ushna’s brilliant acting prowess as seen evidently in her dramas, Balaa garnering a special mention due to her exceptional performance. She dedicates herself to her work while still speaking up for other issues in the world, defending young girls from cyber-bullies, advocating animal rights and being kind. As Iffat Omar herself commends Ushna on being gifted in the art of acting, the Alif, Allah Aur Insaan star also points out that she is an artist and a human being apart from that as well.
Ushna prioritises the concept of mental health, especially as a celebrity in Pakistan. While discussing the topic with Iffat, she makes her stance clear on how despite being a strong woman in the industry and a feminist, anything she says is scrutinised, even when the intent is good. Empowering women in our country by praising our female singers, being curious about historic shows, wanting to create a better world for animals, Ushna is in fact an advocate against bullying herself. Strongly condemning putting others down.
In this episode of #sayitallwithiffatomar (@iffatmarofficial) I have forsaken the dignity a celebrity must maintain and clarified/responded to each tweet/thought that was misquoted, misconstrued, or over-exaggerated and bothered the world so much. I’ve answered all the burning questions that have propelled hundreds of headlines. From your pizzas to your singers. I will speak on these no further. I have answered all “controversies” for now and for the future (so refer back to it the next time you’re curious).
The show explores all the topics one is curious to know about Ushna firsthand, who does not restrict herself to a certain category but is her true and authentic self, which is extremely rare in this time and age. Ushna says it All in Iffat Omer show
Taha’s latest song ‘Chal‘ is out now, based on a story of his friend, where he speaks about a toxic relationship of a guy with a girl who only approaches the man when she is intoxicated. The man being in love with her doesn’t mind this as he is insanely in love with this woman.
With a passion for songwriting and singing running through his veins from an early age, Taha Gurwara’s fervent lyrics and sparkling R&B melodies expose a truly sensitive artist whose soul-shattering vocals have the power to provoke a profound response.
In an interview Taha said, “This song is dedicated to all those who are in toxic relationship knowingly but couldn’t save themselves because love is and always was blind”.
‘Chal’ is out and now a…
Produced under the banner of MD Productions, drama serial Qurbatain is HUM TV’s newest presentation that revolves around friendship, lust and deceit. It is an intertwined story of two friends Areeba and Zamal and highlights how low one can stoop to gain a luxurious life but at what cost. Areeba, raised by a single mother belongs to a low-middle class family while Zamal belongs to an upper-class family. Lured by wealth and luxurious life, Areeba takes some dreadful steps that put an irreparable dent on the sacred bond of friendship and her morality, but little does she know what fate has in store for her. Written by Rizwan Ahmed, Qurbatain is directed by Kamran Akbar Khan and boasts a cast comprising of Anmol Baloch, Shehbaz Hamid Shigri, Komal Sajid, Arij Moheuddin, Kashif Mahmood, Munazzah Arif, Tahira Imam, Abbas Ashraf Awan, Laiba Sarfaraz, Leyla Zuberi, Ahmed Taha Ghani, Kamran Hussain, Halima, Zain Afzal and others. The drama is set to air on HUM TV every Monday and Tuesday at 9 pm.
watch Teaser here:
Beaconhouse launches its first fully virtual SOT Conference with
Over 60 international thought leaders in 21 live sessions on July 10-12
Beaconhouse is launching its first fully virtual School of Tomorrow (SOT) Conference: A World of Tomorrow: Negotiating a Better Future on July 10-12, 2020, made possible by the generous support of lead sponsor UBL. Targeting a global audience of over 500,000 people, the SOT seeks to understand how Covid-19 is shaping important global conversations about safer and more balanced futures, as well as pushing educators to reimagine the future of education at both school and university levels.
The conference opens with a special message by Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization. The Federal Minister of Education, Shafqat Mahmood, and Sindh Minister of School Education, Saeed Ghani, are amongst key Pakistani speakers. Global participants include Andreas Schleicher, OECD’s Head of Education & Skills, Carla Rinaldi, President Fondazione Reggio Children, and Lord Jim Knight, UK’s former Minister of State for Schools along with 2 other members of UK’s House of Lords, Lord David Puttnam and Baroness Nosheena Mobarik, a life peer of Pakistani origin. Other key speakers include Professor Maggie Atkinson, former Children’s Commissioner for England and Dr Siva Kumari, Director General of the International Baccalaureate Organization, amongst many others.
The 3-day virtual conference is anchored on the idea of a ‘brave new world’ being shaped by our response to the pandemic and will be streamed live on www.sotevents.com along with Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube, and is primarily aimed at parents, educators and policy-makers. Registration is free of cost for all.
Speaking about the conference, Kasim Kasuri, Event Chair and CEO of Beaconhouse, said “The present crisis presents an unprecedented opportunity to us to reimagine the kind of future we truly want, and what we need to do to get there.”
SOT Events are made possible by the generous support of corporate sponsors. The organizers acknowledge the support of United Bank Limited as the Lead Sponsor for SOT Edition XI.
The non-profit School of Tomorrow Event Series was launched in 2000 and is organized by Beaconhouse as part of its ongoing commitment to its social responsibility
Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei Technologies Co Ltd is expected to receive planning permission this week to build a 400-million-pound ($494.24-million) research and development centre in Britain’s Sawston village.The facility, 7 miles (11 km) from Cambridge, will be built for researching and developing chips for use in broadband.
The South Cambridgeshire District Council has been advised to approve the company’s application in full, the media reported.
The Chinese company wants to build the facility in the village of Sawston, seven miles from Cambridge. The area is frequently referred to as ‘Silicon Fen’ because of its cluster of high-tech firms. It hosts, among others, Japanese major ARM Holdings, and the new Huawei center is set to be located just 15 minutes from its headquarters.
According to the report, the local council has already been advised to approve Huawei’s application in full, and it is set to decide on the first phase as early as upcoming Thursday.
It is believed the center will become operational next year and employ 400 people, and will be used for researching and developing chips for use in broadband networks – the same technology which the US has been trying to block access to for the company.
Washington has been pressuring its allies, including the UK, to fully ban Huawei from the rollout of 5G networks, claiming that the Shenzhen-based firm represents a national security threat over its alleged links to the Chinese government. Huawei has denied the allegations. Earlier this year, Britain decided to allow the company to take part in its next-generation mobile networks.
Although London capped Huawei’s 5G involvement at a 35-percent market share and excluded it from supplying equipment to “sensitive parts” of the network, Washington was unhappy with the development.
In January, some US senators said the decision threatens to unsettle relations between the two nations. US President Donald Trump even considered restricting the UK’s access to intelligence shared between the ‘Five Eyes’ nations.
Though the Trump administration eventually backed away from that threat, it continued its pressure campaign against the Chinese vendor. In addition to blacklisting the company, the US tried to cut it off from global semiconductor supplies, which are necessary to manufacture 5G equipment and smartphones.
British security officials are studying the possible impact of the restrictions and have told operators to ensure they have enough Huawei equipment amid fears that the sanctions could disrupt the Chinese company’s ability to maintain supplies